By Jazmin Mitchell –
Why do students choose to live off campus? Getting away from parents, living on your own, getting a job, education, and college parties are some of the main reasons young adults want to live on campus. To some, the idea of a roommate or communal bathrooms just does not appeal to them. To others it’s the price or not being ready to leave the “nest.” Students are not ready to leave their families or maybe they, themselves, are not ready for such a transition. “I chose to live off-campus because it was cheaper and I grew up here so I am living with family,” first year student, Leesha Baumann stated. The cost of school is so expensive in today’s society, many students are choosing to live off campus. Baumann commented further that she likes living off-campus because it gives her a lot of freedom, “while still not being completely on my own.” A majority of RMC students live off campus but not all of them are first year students.
Living off campus has its challenges, such as: money for commuting, not being allowed in the cafeteria without a meal plan, not being able to stay out super late because they have to drive, and missing out on certain on campus activities or moments with their friends because they have other things to do and other obligations. They have way more responsibilities living off campus. It can be time consuming and stressful at times. Students who live off campus in apartments also have the added responsibility of having to pay rent and other bills that come with the responsibility of renting and not living with their families.
When asked if it is hard to make friends and get involved with the “campus-lifestyle,” first year student Katherine Blackford replied, “It’s different living off campus. We are going to have to actively seek out friends and activities. It is difficult to find time to hang out with friends, but it is feasible to have the campus life that everyone talks about.” People think of the “campus-lifestyle” as being immersed in the school and all the activities and events, living on campus, partying, staying up late, study sessions, sports, and clubs. As Katherine stated, it is “feasible” to do all of those things. It might be a little harder, but it is definitely possible. Some of the most notable differences between students on campus and students off campus, is that they don’t get meal plans and that they live at home with their families or in their own places, shared with friends or by themselves. They aren’t completely cut off from social, academic, and career opportunities.
“You still have classes with lots of different people and have the opportunity to get to know them just like on campus students, ” Baumann said. Baumann doesn’t think it prevents you from making friends and having fun. These two students enjoy living off campus and are just as happy with their college lifestyle as on campus students are. Neither of them regret their decision to go to RMC because they still get to go to the college of their choice.
Get to know your fellow off-campus classmates, because they want to get to know you. Off or on campus, we are a family!